Ikiré Jones is the endeavor of designer/afrobeat musician/attorney Walé Oyéjidé, and bespoke tailor/musician Sam Hubler. On rare occasions, we can be described as humble. More often, we can be described as two artists with a zeal for creating beautiful things that sit to the left of what has been resignedly accepted as the status quo.
We make clothing for adventurous people. It is a common-enough goal, but one rarely accomplished with elegance. We are proud of what we do, because none of it is done in the shadows. Whereas, the industry norm calls for dungeon-like conditions to house faceless workers who have been left with little choice but to accept subservient wages while shoveling mediocre products out the door, our textiles are designed with our daughters playing at our feet. Our sport coats are tailored while our mothers look-on and fuss on the rare occasion that we miss a detail. Our scarves are concocted while our wives remind us that not missing dinner with family is more important than almost everything else.
Story-telling is important to us. There is magic in the idea that every item we produce means something; and more importantly, means something different to different people. We strive to give each piece an identity and history of its own. It is our hope that these small pieces of (often-invented) history will give the wearer a story to tell, a place to visit, and a new memory to create.
The things that we make may not be widely accepted as beautiful to everyone, but they will be fiercely embraced as beautiful by a special few. It is for people like you that we work so hard. It is because of dreams like yours, and ours, that we have chosen to brave this path. It is because we know that someone has to make things better, and that it might as well be us. This is why we are the makers of Ikiré Jones. It is a pleasure to meet you.